Today, I bought a box of freshly baked mooncakes from Chinatown’s Kong Wah Bakery (210 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013). I chose just one lotus-seed paste cake, at first. But, I found myself buying a box of four–two lotus seed paste, and two lotus seed paste with egg yolk.
I had wandered into the bakery looking to buy a raisin bun, or a egg tart–something pedestrian–but then saw a whole array of freshly baked cakes in front of me. There are freshly backed ones coming out of the back from which you can choose. I grew up eating lotus seed paste filling, and like those best, but they also sell moon cakes with red bean, nuts, and other fillings.
For $14 a box, it’s a great deal cheaper than if you were to buy an imported box from the market–which start at $20. To my American-born Chinese palette, and young 20-something budget, these moon cakes are very good. The filling is creamy, and flavorful, and the outside holds up.
Do you have a favorite flavor of moon cake? Have you bought moon cakes for yourself, friends, and family yet?
Tip- If you’ve never had one, moon cakes are super rich pastries eaten around the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. One serving size is about 1/8 of a cake. As a kid, that and a cup of tea would be breakfast. Also, if you buy a box, give away some to your friends and family!